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• After more than two months of play, five unbeaten teams remain (in order of kenpom.com ranking): Arizona (16-0), Wisconsin (16-0), Syracuse (15-0), Iowa State (14-0) and Wichita State (16-0). Meanwhile, there is a lone winless team: Cornell, 0-13.
• Looking for a way to waste some money? One of former North Carolina coach Dean Smith’s recruiting letters to Michael Jordan is up for auction. The opening price is $5,000.
Big Ten power poll
1. Wisconsin: It’s hard to argue with one of the five remaining undefeated teams in college basketball.
2. Ohio State: The Buckeyes lost their first this week, but that will happen in this league. No shame in falling to Michigan State at home.
3. Michigan State: Despite being hobbled with injuries for most of the year. the Spartans are finding a way to get it done.
4. Iowa: The Hawkeyes need to find a way to win close games. All three losses have come by five points or fewer.
5. Michigan: Despite early struggles, the Wolverines are 3-0 in the Big Ten, where it counts, but they haven’t hit any big competition.
6. Illinois: The Illini were introduced to Wisconsin on Wednesday, when the Badgers held Illinois to 31.6 shooting.
7. Minnesota: A victory over Penn State wasn’t the prettiest, but as Richard Pitino is already finding out, a win is a win in this league.
8. Purdue: If the Boilermakers continue to hit only 65.8 percent of their free throws, it’s going to be a long season.
9. Indiana: The Hoosiers’ youth shows. They are 327th out of 351 teams nationally in turnover percentage, according to kenpom.com.
10. Penn State: A win over the visiting Gophers was in the Nittany Lions’ grasp. Instead, they’re still waiting for their first league victory.
11. Nebraska: The Huskers have not had it easy so far, but they nearly pulled one out this week against Michigan at home.
12. Northwestern: Perhaps the only thing worse than Wildcats basketball right now is the new player-designed uniforms.
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: E. Volquez||2|
|San Francisco - WP: G. Kontos||7||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee||4|
|Texas - WP: M. Mikolas||4||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: S. Greene||2|
|Boston - WP: J. Lackey||14||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison||1|
|Miami - WP: B. Morris||3||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: S. Simmons||1|
|Cincinnati - LP: M. Latos||2||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta||5|
|Cleveland - LP: B. Shaw||3||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: C. Fien||4|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Guthrie||1||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale||3|
|Washington - WP: D. Fister||7||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: F. Morales||2|
|Detroit||4||Top 8th Inning|
|Baltimore||4||Bottom 6th Inning|
|NY Mets||1||Top 7th Inning|
|Calgary||7/24/14 8:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/25/14 9:00 PM|
|Ottawa||7/26/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||7/26/14 9:00 PM|